Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to things out of life:
to make the world a better place, and to become a famous
In college, I started off wanting to be a doctor for the sake of
goal #1, then remembered I hate studying biology and ended up in
grad school for philosophy. Then I dropped out, became a street
musician, spent a year in Asia, and then finally started making
money as a writer.
But eventually, the need to act like a real adult caught up with
me, and here I am working at a tech company in San Francisco.
Current plan for making the world a better place: become a wealthy
I still enjoy writing as a hobby, and read voraciously. I mostly
read non-fiction, especially "smart" non-fiction (popular science,
philosophy, history, etc). I don't listen to much music, in part
because I'm too busy absorbing audiobooks and podcasts.
When I read fiction, it tends to be stuff that fucks with
conventional storytelling norms—like George R. R. Martin, or the
comic book that ask, "What if Superman were a communist dictator?"
(Yes that exists and it is awesome.)
Current projects: trying to get the San Francisco Effective
Altruism community better organized. Talk to me if you want advice
on making the world a better place. Or, for that matter, if you're
smart but currently stuck working for peanuts. I've been there.
What I’m doing with my life
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life not an important part of your self-summary?
I’m really good at
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Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: George R. R. Martin, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker,
Oliver Sacks, Bart Ehrman, Peter Singer, David Hume, Bertrand
Russell, Carl Sagan, Nassim Taleb.
Podcasts: Dan Savage.
Blogs: Paul Krugman, Robin Hanson, Vox.com.
Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
TV Shows: Anything Joss Whedon, Game of Thrones, Orange is
the New Black.
Comics: Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Garth Enis, Neil
Movies: Akira Kurosawa, Star Wars, superhero movies, Tom
Cruise (when he's doing drama, so A Few Good Men etc.)
Food: Asian food. Especially terrible Asian food. Also
terrible American food.
Webcomics: XKCD, Order of the Stick, Darths and Droids
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Having, at various points in my life, lived out of carry-on luggage
for months on end, it basically comes down to four things: a
credit/debit card, ATMs and/or people who take the previous,
internet access, and clothes.
If you want to know why clothes are on the list, but not food, let
me put it this way: if I have clothes and a credit card, I can get
food. But if I walked into a clothing store completely naked,
waving a credit card and a baguette, I'd have problems.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
This changes a lot. I like to figure stuff out and go on to
thinking about something else. "Philosophy" seems to be a constant,
and "future career path" is a current focus.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
It's a tossup between "working on a blog post" and "at a
In the latter case, this may mean playing getting into arguments
influence, or... other things.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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No, I'm not telling you what those other things I do at parties
are. But I will admit to being on that other social
networking website. You know the one.
You should message me if
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